By Nicole Soderholm, District Inspector
|Rain garden on Carla Lane on the east side of Lake Gervais.|
This year, maintenance included weed and debris removal (trash, leaf litter, etc.), sediment removal, mulch replacement, and cutting back plants to allow for new growth. In October, Minnesota Native Landscapes planted a variety of native plants in over 30 rain gardens in Little Canada that had previously been looking a little bare. See some species examples in the photos below. We’re excited to see these new plants flourish this coming spring!
|Left to right: Columbine (Aquilegia canadensis), butterfly weed (Asclepias tuberosa), little bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium), Purple Prairie Clover (Dalea purpureum).|
|Left to right: Swamp milkweed (Asclepias incarnate), tussock sedge (Carex stricta), Jacob’s ladder (Polemonium reptans), wild bergamot (Monarda fistulosa).|
Now that we’ve gotten these rain gardens back to their height of function and beauty, we are planning on implementing ‘Year 2’ of this pilot study. We are especially interested in whether we will see a change in the amount of time and materials spent now that the gardens have been regularly maintained for an entire growing season. Stay tuned for future updates!
For more information on the pilot program, please contact
Paige Ahlborg (paige[at]rwmwd.org or 651.792.7964)
Interested in learning more about rain gardens and the role they play in protecting our lakes and streams? Visit our Rain Garden webpage for information and helpful links/resources.